The Unlikely Voyage of Jack De Crow: A Mirror Odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea



[Reading] ➹ The Unlikely Voyage of Jack De Crow: A Mirror Odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea By A.J. Mackinnon – E17streets4all.co.uk Euipped with his cheerful optimism and a pith helmet this Odysseus in a dinghy takes you with him from the borders of north Wales to the Black Sea 4900 kilometers over salt and fresh water under sail Voyage of eBook ☆ Euipped with his cheerful optimism and a pith helmet this Odysseus in a dinghy takes The Unlikely PDF \ you with him from the borders of north Wales to the Black Sea kilometers over Unlikely Voyage of MOBI · salt and fresh water under sail at oars or at the end of a tow rope Unlikely Voyage of Jack De PDF/EPUB or through twelve countries locks and numerous trials and Unlikely Voyage of Jack De PDF/EPUB or adventures including an encounter with Balkan pirates.The Unlikely Voyage of Jack De Crow: A Mirror Odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea

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  • Paperback
  • 356 pages
  • The Unlikely Voyage of Jack De Crow: A Mirror Odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea
  • A.J. Mackinnon
  • English
  • 01 September 2016
  • 9781574091526

10 thoughts on “The Unlikely Voyage of Jack De Crow: A Mirror Odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea

  1. says:

    This is the true story give or take some artistic licence of an impossible trip which is radically under planned and supremely under resourced in a totally inadeuate piece of euipment beginning on a river in North Shropshire England and ending at the blunt end of Bulgaria on the Black Sea The stuff of every small boat sailor's dreamsThe charm of the book is partly in the self effacing humor of our lone adventurer and his capacity to portray the daily improbabilities of his task as minor glitches caused by personal failure when in reality his blind faith and complete commitment to living out a boyish dream as an adult is an absolute triumph of the adventurous spirit that most of us would dearly love to have or never have lostThis is Wind In The Willows on steroids with the most charming hand drawn illustrations and some really powerful and evocative prose smudged within the mishaps I will really miss this book and I have been reading it as slowly as dignity will allowand I'm determined to read it again I never do that normallyIt is one thing to take a boat on a wild and exciting adventure it is uite another to have the ability to tell the story so sweetly and with such humility and humor

  2. says:

    If you've ever felt like you wanted to climb aboard a boat and sail off into the sunset then this is the book for you I really enjoyed this book It was humorous and informative and I really liked A J Mackinnon's style of writing If only we all had the means and opportunity to cut loose from our day jobs and embark on an adventure like this However the next best thing is to enjoy the adventure vicariously through the engaging writing of an author like A J Mackinnon I'm definitely going to get my hands on a copy of his other book The Well at the World's End

  3. says:

    Sandy Mackinnon sets out at the end of his teaching contract in England to travel home to Australia He decides to borrow a small sailing dinghy from the school and follow the river into the village a distance of about 10km He arranges for the boat to be collected and he will catch the train to London to fly home to Australia What follows is a remarkable journey told remarkably well He arrives in the village with time to spare and as it was pretty easy going he decides to go a bit further He can catch the train just as well in the next town And so on Two years and several thousand km later he has still not adeuately explained the point of his journey other than this 'a few miles' But we don't care for it is with such humility that he sets off to see what is 'around the next bend' and he writes about it so well that we are on the voyage with him The popular story is that when asked why he climbed Everest Edmund Hillary said 'because it is there' This is a good answer but were it not for the fact that he was the first at something so difficult we would be unlikely to remember it Why do we do things? We do things because we are alive we are curious we do not wish to be idle and because we did them before we sat down to think about the reasons not to And so Sandy Mackinnon is in a small boat crossing the channel In the canals of France into Eastern Europe That is what he did but it is how that becomes important and how he tells it becomes the reason for us to care Another adventure story? So what In travel writing is difficult to rise above the Tuesday in Amsterdam level Adventure writing is even fraught with difficulty because unless something incredibly dramatic happens such as we cut the rope and survive a plummet into oblivion Touching the Void or hack our own arm off when trapped by a rockfall Between a rock and a hard place we are really not interested We've seen too many movies for the step by step description of how I climbed Everest to be of much interest Sandy Mackinnon manages to get us wet when he is wet we are cold when he is cold cramped and sleepless in a stupid small dinghy when he is Time and again he builds the tension and releases it He is a master storyteller That this story is true? Irrelevant This is great writing 'The well at the worlds end' deals with the time before the Jack De Crow voyage but was written some time after the first book It is every bit as entertaining That all these things could happen to one man on one trip is perhaps unbelievable but I think it is a reflection of how most of us day to day fail to notice the unusual and the magnificent happening around us all the time And we are also loath to say 'Yes' when offered a crew position on a small yacht sailing to Komodo Island These two books are also ultimately so wonderful because as you read them you know you dream 'I could do that' Never does Sandy Mackinnon play himself up to be a hero someone skilled than you yourself could be He is just your average bumbling idiot He is all of us Read his story and then go out into the world and even if it is only next door look for all the wonderful things that are going on everyday Or say yes to an offer that might just take you somewhere interesting

  4. says:

    This is a light hearted engagingly written tale of a fascinating and most unusual modern voyage An Australia man just finishing a teaching stint in England decides to take an unpowered dinghy for a short trip down the river Somehow he never uite stops going and ends all the way from the UK to the Black seaThe writing style is enjoyable though I found a lot of the early adventures a little difficult to follow because I am not terribly familiar with UK geography This did not significantly detract from the story it just left me occasionally a little at sea pardon the pun Overall it is a rather overwhelming story; that anyone would actually decide to do this But the narration is so very matter of fact and underwhelmed that only thinking back over the story do you see the magnitude of it allI like the fact that the writing glances over or totally ignores a lot of day to day practicalities though at times I burned to know small details like is it even legal to do this? I think the story flowed the better for not getting caught up in small details

  5. says:

    This crazy crazy man rows and sails a Mirror dinghy from Lancashire to the Black Sea with less planning apparently than goes into the average school run He seems happy enough which is strange for a guy who clearly doesn't value his own life too greatly as he is happy to test his right of way with Rhine barges row against the stream for tens of miles at a time enter ex Soviet countries without a visa and make a plan that involves only needing to tow for three days and he will be able to get some food Eccentricity meets the milk of human kindness and makes a funny and engaging travel story which could be better written but wouldn't be much better for it

  6. says:

    Basically I LOVEd this book MacKinnon is hailariously funny and I was hysterical through practically every page I know that he really made the voyage but since he was drunk a lot of the time by his own admission some parts are embellished It doesn't matter It's a delightful fun read

  7. says:

    One of my favourite books of all time

  8. says:

    A J McKinnon sets of in his Mirror dinghy from North Wales and travels through canals and rivers and across the English channel to reach the Black Sea without much planning aforethought It is the sort of adventure that many of us dream of doing but few get around to And this is what makes it such an enchanting and uirky travel story This is not some professional explorer with a train of porters or a celebrity with a television crew in tow He is just an ordinary guy who has a sense of adventure in himMckinnons writing demonstrates great turn of phrases and a vast vocabulary However he can be over descriptive employing too many similes I found myself longing for simple sentences at times just to keep the narrative going His account is also studded with literary allusions which I felt added nothing to the storyFor all of that The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow is an inspirational story of risk taking and persevering after endless setbacks I recommend it to anyone with even the slightest interest in travel sailing or adventure

  9. says:

    You know how sometimes you’re in the mood for some light reading but you don’t want any dross that insults your intelligence? After The Unknown Industrial Prisoner and a most disappointing foray into the first 50 pages of James Salter’s All That Is I wanted something that would amuse me I predicted on the basis of my reading of The Well at the World’s End in 2010 see my review that The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow was the perfect book – and I was rightThe Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow was A J Mackinnon’s first book and it is a delight The story of his voyage from North Wales to the Black Sea in a mirror dinghy it’s the most whimsical travel book I’ve ever read written by a true eccentricThe facts of the voyage are bizarre enough I have briefly sailed in a mirror dinghy – which I thought was great fun until we capsized it in the middle of Port Phillip Bay and then I remembered the sharks and decided that sailing was maybe not for me These boats are very small and they lack refinements such as padded seats outboard motors and any protection from wind and rain They don’t have any navigation euipment either but Sandy Mackinnon eschewed such modern contrivances as a compass or GPS not even when he was scampering across the Channel Even though the reader knows he must have survived this folly it’s still pleasurably alarming to find him astray on the world’s busiest waterway in real peril from its massive ferries and tankers and he with no idea in which direction Calais layTo read the rest of my review please visit

  10. says:

    By the time I'd reached page 20 I was hooked on Jack de Crow Mackinnon's style is both charming and humorous The very idea of setting sail in the river 'at the bottom of the oval' simply because he found a boat and becuase he could is what we would all like to do but never actually get around to Jack de Crow is the perfect antidote to the repetition and obligations of everyday life When he reaches his target destination he decides to go to the next one simply because it seems like a good idea a good definition of real freedom His journey through the canals of England are fascinating particularly as he learns how to handle his tiny sail boat in such a restricted space One of the best passages I found was after London He decides to cross the Channel in a Mirror dinghy Is he mad? Once in Europe I found the narrative slowed and became occassionally repetitious; until he reaches Serbia The ending I thought was a bit flat but perhaps that was because I wanted Jack de Crow to keep sailing MacKinnon's style reminds me of William Dalrymple's travel books engaging informative adventurous yet sufficiently plausible that the reader can identify with the author and enjoy the ride in comfort Geoffrey Lambert author of The Morozov Inheritance

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